Why is Mail so Hard to Deal With?

junk mail

Do you have lots of junk mail, catalogs, and unopened mail forming piles of paper? And, you just don’t know how to deal with it?

Tackling your incoming (and piled up mail) can be really hard to deal with for a number of reasons:

• First of all you have to make a decision on what to do with each piece of mail. Recycle, file, archive, open up the envelope, etc.. And, if you have a lot of ‘pieces’ lying around, that’s a lot of deciding to do.

• You have to then figure out where to put each piece of paper.

• All of that paper takes up space! What if you don’t have the space or the proper filing cabinets or containers to put it all.

• And if, and when you do find a spot to put it, you may never find it again.

• What if you throw it out? You might need it someday.

Whew! So many decisions to make and so little time!

Begin by asking yourself these questions about your mail:

• DO you REALLY need to keep this?
• Will you really read this someday if you keep it? Probably not!
• If you DO KEEP it, where should you put it, so it’s easy to find
• HOW and WHERE can you find it

Begin With Baby Steps:

• Put a recycling bin near where you open your mail.
• Begin your decision making with your current mail. Don’t worry about the mail that’s already piled up. You’ll get to that later.
• Pick up each piece of current mail and determine whether you need it
• Can you recycle it? Is it a bill that needs to be opened and paid?
If it’s a catalog or magazine, recycle these after the next issues arrive.
• Do you want to keep receiving the catalogs, junk mail or stop getting it? If you’d like to stop it contact: http://StoptheJunkMail.com/ Or, if using Apps, log onto http://www.PaperKarma.com/

As you begin to make these types of decisions, you’ll find that it gets easier every time you do so.

Let me know if your decision making has gotten a bit easier. Thanks!

FREE 1/2 hour phone consultation
to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at:
ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net or 857-919-4735 

‘FREE YOURSELF from PAPER CLUTTER’

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April 4, 2017 TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm FEE: $28.00

Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street, Brookline
bacep@brookline.k12.ma.us 617-730-2700

http://www.campusce.net/brookline/course/course.aspx?catId=64

From junk mail to important documents, we all have paper clutter in our homes and offices. If we don’t spend time getting rid of it, it will completely take over. Organizing the pile can be an overwhelming task, and this class will explore the causes of clutter, systems to organize it, and habits to maintain organization. Through a focused presentation and discussion, you will explore with a professional coach how to overcome the roadblocks to clear your paper clutter. You’ll soon be on your way to prepare your paperwork for tax season.

Presenter: Judy Eisenberg, Professional Organizer – Clutter Clearer Coach  cluttercluttercoach@comcast.net

A Former Client’s Success Story

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H.M.’s cluttered table four and 1/2 years ago

Yesterday, I received an email from a former organizing client of mine who was quite happy, and proud to have been able to stay organized since our last organizing session four years ago. This client, who I will refer to as H.M., is a wonderful person, very creative, compassionate, and generous. Having ADD though, she found it difficult to get organized, was easily distracted, and was a chronic procrastinator. There were always huge piles of clothing on her bedroom floor, lots of papers and other stuff on her dining room table, too many books on her many shelves, and too much clutter around her home.

For several years from just January through June (for financial reasons), we tackled her untidy home, getting rid of clothes, shoes, books and other things that she no longer loved or needed. Final decisions on what to keep, give away, toss or recycle were left up to H.M. We also worked together to address and resolve her feelings of overwhelm, shame, and anxiety about all of her stuff. Her ADD behavioural habits were put to the test. For her ‘homework’ between organizing sessions, she practiced putting things away after using them (into storage areas we designated for each item’s category), refraining from purchasing unneeded items, and keeping her dining room table clear, etc.. And, she was successful!

H.M. had a vision for herself. She wanted to feel lighter and happier, with a neat and clear home. She especially wanted to hold a dinner party for friends, but was embarrassed to have people over (very typical of people who live with clutter). She wished for a long term relationship, but knew with her home in the state it was, she wasn’t ready to be in one.

Since our organizing sessions came to a closure in 2014,  H.M. held her desired  dinner party, and met the love of her life. (Letting go of excess clutter opens a door for new changes to occur in your life.) She has continued to keep her home uncluttered and tidy. In reply to her email to me yesterday, I noted that I was quite impressed, and mentioned that a number of people who have ADD tend to backslide (resorting back to old habits).

H.M. wrote back: “As to ADD, that’s a helpful insight. What helps is having systems: a drop file box AT MY FEET for all expenses, tax-related house receipts, etc.., and making decisions immediately (rather than putting them off, procrastinating) on what notices I get in the mail that I want to act on. Of course — the portable file used to be a foot away, in a closet, and I would build up a ‘to be filed’ pile ON THAT gorgeous, cherry wood dining table, and would put off filing for too long, after the pile sloshed around, and then some — now, I open the mail daily, and drop it into its relevant file folder, a joy!”

h-m-dining-table-4-years-after-organizing-sessions-ended

1/20/17 – H.M wrote: “My dining table TEN days after a gathering
I had here for my writing group women!!!”

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

 

ADULT ED CLASS: ‘Free Yourself from Paper Clutter’

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‘FREE YOURSELF from PAPER CLUTTER’

February 6, 2017 TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm FEE: $28.00

Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street, Brookline
bacep@brookline.k12.ma.us 617-730-2700

http://www.campusce.net/brookline/course/course.aspx?catId=64

From junk mail to important documents, we all have paper clutter in our homes and offices. If we don’t spend time getting rid of it, it will completely take over. Organizing the pile can be an overwhelming task, and this class will explore the causes of clutter, systems to organize it, and habits to maintain organization. Through a focused presentation and discussion, you will explore with a professional coach how to overcome the roadblocks to clear your paper clutter. You’ll soon be on your way to prepare your paperwork for tax season.

Presenter: Judy Eisenberg, Professional Organizer Clutter Clearer Coach

 

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

Coupon Collection Chaos

Coupons

If you collect coupons, you know they can get out of control. It’s easy to cut them out and collect them with good intentions of getting a bargain. But, do you put them in a pile that gets lost in the clutter, or put them aside in a designated spot that you forget to look at periodically?

I don’t cut coupons from magazines, but I do get them in the mail. Staples, Tags Hardware, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and BJ’s send special deals to me regularly. Some of these are decent; like BJ’s recent three month free membership card that expires 12/31/16. I doubt I’ll make it there before the end of December. Bed, Bath & Beyond mails out large coupon post cards that offer either $5.00 or 20% off your next purchase. (Don’t tell anybody, but the sales clerks don’t check the expiration dates on these coupons, so you can use outdated ones from as long ago as a few years.)

I also get discounts printed at the bottom of purchase receipts from CVS and Walgreen’s. If relevant to my needs, I tear that part off of the receipt to use on an item or two I might want, and put them in a folder with a clear plastic window so I can see them. Ultimately, I never take advantage of them before they expire. Whole Foods Market has seasonal Coupon booklets offering deals on various items in their stores. Sometimes, I cut a couple of them out, and once in a while use them, but usually don’t.

Plenty of discounts/coupons are sent to our email inboxes. I’ve recently purchased ink toner online, and am now receiving at least 2 special toner and other office product deals in my email inbox per week. When I next need toner, I will click on one of those specials and order more. Know that you can unsubscribe from these offers so they don’t become clutter and clog up your inbox.

Does my experience seem familiar to you? Look around, and find your own coupons. You probably won’t be surprised to find that some, or most of them are out of date. Recycle any that have expired. Then, quick-sort the coupons that are still usable into categories such as food items, health and beauty, restaurant, clothing, office supplies, etc.. Put each category in a labeled envelope, or fasten with a paper clip.

Be sure to keep your organized coupons in one particular area at home, in your pocket book, or in the office so they are easily accessible when you need them. (as long as they are organized, and not scattered about)  And, check them often for expiration dates. We all love saving money and getting a good deal!

Let me know if you have coupon collection chaos, and how you deal with it.

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

Classes on: Letting Go of Paper Clutter

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2016 CLASSES:

‘FREE YOURSELF from PAPER CLUTTER’

From junk mail to important documents, we all have paper clutter in our homes and offices. If we don’t spend time getting rid of it, it will completely take over. Organizing the pile can be an overwhelming task, and this class will explore the causes of clutter, systems to organize it, and habits to maintain organization. Through a focused presentation and discussion, you will explore with a professional coach how to overcome the roadblocks to clear your paper clutter. You’ll soon be on your way to prepare your paperwork for tax season.

Presenter: Judy Eisenberg, Professional Organizer – Clutter Clearer Coach

February 29, 2016 TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm FEE: $28.00

Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street, Brookline
bacep@brookline.k12.ma.us 617-730-2700

March 2, 2016 TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm FEE: $20.00

Arlington Community Education
869 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA
(enter through the front door with white pillars)

ONLINE registration: http://ArlingtonCommunityEd.org/
CALL: 781-316-3568 to register by phone
Or, contact Judy Eisenberg for more information:
clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

ADULT ED CLASS – ‘Free Yourself from Paper Clutter’

What it is about the junk mail, notes to self, catalogs and piles of papers that can so easily take over our lives and overwhelm us?

This workshop will provide you with loads of tips and tricks to help you conquer paper clutter in your home or office so you can feel freer and more in control of your life. There will be time for all your questions.

Presenter: Judy Eisenberg, Professional Organizer – Clutter Clearer Coach

May 28, 2015               TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm                FEE: $20.00

Arlington Community Education
869 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA
(enter through the front door with white pillars)

ONLINE registration: http://ArlingtonCommunityEd.org/
CALL: 781-316-3568 to register by phone

Or for more information:
Contact Judy Eisenberg @ clutterclearercoach@comcast.net